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Day – Proverbs – Trusting the Lord #4


Welcome to Day of our Wisdom-Trek, and thank you for joining me.

This is Guthrie Chamberlain, Your Guide to Wisdom.

Proverbs Chapter [] &#; Trusting the Lord #4

Thank you for joining us for our 7 day a week, 7 minutes of wisdom podcast. This is Day of our Trek,and we are remaining at camp this week as we dig for the nuggets of wisdom contained within the book of Proverbs. We have discovered some precious treasure so far this week, so let us continue on our study of the map to wisdom.

Yesterday we explored Chapter , and today we will finish Chapter as we discover the value of having common sense and discernment. Once we complete the entire book of Proverbs, we will make the entire commentary available in an eBook although we will be going on many treks between our times at camp.  If you have any of your own observations, comments, or questions as we explore these nuggets of wisdom, please share them on the comment section of our daily journal pages.


We are recording our podcast from our studio at Home2 in Charlotte, North Carolina. We just arrived back in Charlotte after a very busy but productive few days with our friends and business partners Charles and Alison Mecom. We are working together on a couple of large construction projects in the Phoenix, Arizona area. This podcast is being released a little later than usual due our travel schedule. We took a red eye flight back to Charlotte which delayed the initial release of this podcast.


As we continue on our discussion of Proverbs 3, I trust that this time we spend at camp studying the map for wisdom has been and will continue to be valuable and beneficial. Even if you do not consider yourself a person of faith, my hope is that you will stay around and gather the wisdom that is universal to all.

As I mentioned the past couple of days, the title of Chapter 3 is…

· Common sense in not always common.

Let’s start out now and glean wisdom from Proverbs []

21My child, don’t lose sight of common sense and discernment.  Hang on to them, 22For they will refresh your soul. They are like jewels on a necklace. 

Verse should encourage us. We need to keep our eyes and mind on common sense, discernment, love, and wisdom. We are to cling to them as we would if they were any precious stone. Gold, silver and gems may be beautiful. But, wisdom is more beautiful than any valuable objects. These attributes are to be so evident in our lives that it is like wearing a necklace. The beauty of these attributes should be very evident to everyone that sees us.

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23They keep you safe on your way, and your feet will not stumble.  24You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly.  25You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, 26for the Lord is your security.  He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap.

In verses , unlike gold and silver, which many would attempt to take from us, we can hold onto common sense and discernment, and no one can steal them from us. They are part of the very essence of who we are. Life is a trek, and when we have these attributes in our lives, we will we be less likely to make mistakes that would cause us to stumble and fall. We have nothing to fear.  Verse 24 gives us special comfort. We should not be afraid of those things that go bump in the night because this passage teaches us that God will protect us. While I do not have this particular problem, I realize that many people struggle to sleep. We can trust in God, He can keep us safe. He can protect us.


27Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them.  28If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” 29Don’t plot harm against your neighbor, for those who live nearby trust you.

In verses we have a clear admonition to help others when we have the capability to do so.  We should not hold back or delay this help. In Mark Jesus said, 30 &#;And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.31 The second is equally important: Love your neighbor as yourself.No other commandment is greater than these.” As with the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke chapter 10, we see that our neighbor is anyone that we come across that may need our help. Be a good neighbor.


30 Don’t pick a fight without reason, when no one has done you harm. 31Don’t envy violent people or copy their ways. 32 Such wicked people are detestable to the Lord, but he offers his friendship to the godly.

In verses we see that as Christians we should not be violent or follow the practices of those who are. Instead, we are to be peacemakers. Jesus teaches us this principle in Luke 35 “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.36 You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.&#;

If you do not practice these principles, Proverbs [] indicates that your actions are detestable.

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· God deals with different people differently.

33 The Lord curses the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the uprightsVerse 33 reminds us that God will do good things for us if we obey him. He is kind to us, and he is kind to our homes too. The word “home” shows that God will help our families also.

There are certain universal principles that govern God’s creation. When we contrast the upright with an evil person, we see that God curses both the evil man and those who live in the evil man’s house. The evil man’s family suffers because of his evil actions.  Eventually those individuals who practice evil will reap a like harvest.

34 The Lord mocks the mockers but is gracious to the humble.

In verse 34, we see the principle of planting and harvesting are always in force throughout our lives. The time for judgment is coming. God will be our judge.

We should serve God, and we should be humble. We must not be proud. When God is our judge, he will show us kindness and love. Some people are proud. They insult other people. They must turn from their evil behavior. Then God will forgive them. If they refuse God’s love, God will punish them. The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Church in Galatia in Chapter 6 verses 7 and 8, &#;Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.&#;

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35The wise inherit honor, but fools are put to shame!

We see in verse 35 that if we are wise, we will inherit honor, or it could be said that we will be an honorable person.  Remember from our previous discussion in Proverbs that a simple person is someone that may be lacking in wisdom, but a fool is a person that despises God’s truth and wisdom. In the end, a foolish person will be put to shame.

Today we learned from Proverbs 3 why common sense so important and how God deals with different people differently based on how they treat others. I trust this time in Proverbs 2 and 3 has been beneficial and that you will come along with us tomorrow for another day of our Wisdom-Trek, Creating a Legacy. Tomorrow we will head back out onto the trail of life and see how important it is to be able to pivot or change trails when needed.

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As we take this Trek together, let us always:

  1. Live Abundantly (Fully)
  2. Love Unconditionally
  3. Listen Intentionally
  4. Learn Continuously
  5. Lend to others Generously
  6. Lead with Integrity
  7. Leave a Living Legacy Each Day

This is Guthrie Chamberlain reminding you to Keep Moving Forward, Enjoy Your Journey, and Create a Great Day Every Day! See you tomorrow!

Proverbs 21
The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.
All a man's ways seem right to him, but the LORD weighs the heart.
To do what is right and just is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.
Haughty eyes and a proud heart, the lamp of the wicked, are sin!
The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.
A fortune made by a lying tongue is a fleeting vapor and a deadly snare. [1]
The violence of the wicked will drag them away, for they refuse to do what is right.
The way of the guilty is devious, but the conduct of the innocent is upright.
Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife.
The wicked man craves evil; his neighbor gets no mercy from him.
When a mocker is punished, the simple gain wisdom; when a wise man is instructed, he gets knowledge.
The Righteous One [2] takes note of the house of the wicked and brings the wicked to ruin.
If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered.
A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath.
When justice is done, it brings joy to the righteous but terror to evildoers.
A man who strays from the path of understanding comes to rest in the company of the dead.
He who loves pleasure will become poor; whoever loves wine and oil will never be rich.
The wicked become a ransom for the righteous, and the unfaithful for the upright.
Better to live in a desert than with a quarrelsome and ill-tempered wife.
In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.
He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity [3] and honor.
A wise man attacks the city of the mighty and pulls down the stronghold in which they trust.
He who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps himself from calamity.
The proud and arrogant man--"Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.
The sluggard's craving will be the death of him, because his hands refuse to work.
All day long he craves for more, but the righteous give without sparing.
The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable-- how much more so when brought with evil intent!
A false witness will perish, and whoever listens to him will be destroyed forever. [4]
A wicked man puts up a bold front, but an upright man gives thought to his ways.
There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.
The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the LORD.
  1. [6] Some Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint and Vulgate; most Hebrew manuscripts vapor for those who seek death
  2. [12] Or The righteous man
  3. [21] Or righteousness
  4. [28] Or / but the words of an obedient man will live on

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1.      Does anyone know what “cocooning” means? (The term was coined by Faith Popcorn in It now has become a part of many Standard English dictionaries. “Cocooning” is staying inside one’s home, protected from perceived danger, instead of going out. Today, restaurant meals and groceries may be delivered, movies can be seen at home, texts replace phone calls, church services can be viewed online, and people can minimize contact with the “outside world.”)

Wait a minute! I thought we called that “self-isolation” or “quarantine.”

2.      What does “cocooning” mean we can’t do? (I can’t personally interact with my neighbor.)

Some people “cocoon” because they don’t want to come in contact with anyone for a variety of reasons. But, as Christians, the way we express our love for God is how we treat others in everyday situations. Without contact with others we can do nothing and still say we love God. Action is required!

3.      What does the Bible have to say about whom our neighbor is and how we should treat them? (In Luke 10 Jesus told an Old Testament scholar a story explaining who he should identify as his neighbor. The story was about the “Good Samaritan.” So Jesus defined “neighbor” and anyone we find in need that we can help in some way—not setting limits on whom to love.)

As believers, it’s important that we don’t isolate ourselves and miss opportunities to share God’s love to others.

(The current, temporary situation in our country with the COVID is an exception to criticism for cocooning.)

Read Matthew notice how Jesus answered.

4.      What makes it so difficult to love other people, especially those with whom we disagree? (We are human! We don’t have the capacity to love those people without God’s love in us. It takes sacrifice on our part to love them.)

In this week’s study, we see that following God’s wisdom is demonstrated in how we treat others. Wisdom combines good judgment, knowledge, experience and understanding, but it is different than any of these. It is the godly application of all of these.


Confidence Gained! Read Proverbs


1.      Is it wrong to fear danger? (Fear can be a healthy response to danger. However, we don’t need to be overcome with fear. We can’t let fear control our lives.)

2.      How might fear be related to our trust in God? (In verse 26, we see that our confidence and safety come from trusting God, not from trusting our own ability to avoid all dangers. We need God-given wisdom and judgment.)

3.      What is the result of wise living found in these verses? (It will be life for you; adornment for your neck; safety; you’ll not stumble; you’ll not be afraid; pleasant sleep; not fear sudden disaster; the Lord will keep your foot from a trap.)

4.      What is the impact of wise living on our relationship with God and others? (Demonstrates a trust in God that brings peace. We will put others ahead of self.)

5.      How does self-confidence differ from a confidence grounded in God’s presence? (The focus of our trust in God not self.)

6.      How does confidence in God lead to peace? (We know that He has control of all things and has our best interest and His glory foremost in His dealings with us.)

The wicked are in opposition to God, and He sees them. We don’t need to fear because we have God on our side. He offers His peace to those who trust Him!

A natural result of a strong faith relationship with God is an increased awareness of others. A strong vertical relationship with God leads to stronger positive horizontal relationships with others.


Kindness Expressed! Read Proverbs


Good neighbors reflect God’s own character! Most Old Testament laws emphasize relationships among fellow Israelites—those who were in covenant with Yahweh and had duties and responsibilities based on that covenant. This covenant relationship encouraged God’s people to view their neighbors as family members. God made clear, however, His expectations for His people toward those outside the covenant. “You must not exploit a resident alien or oppress him”—Ex. “Do not deny justice to a resident alien”—Deut. a

1.      How do these verses in Proverbs say we are to treat our neighbor? (Do good when it is in our power. Don’t delay doing good to your neighbor. Don’t plan evil against them. Don’t make false accusations.)

Instead of pointing out who is a neighbor, Jesus pointed out what a neighbor does! The Good Samaritan was the neighbor.

2.      Why might a person try to excuse himself from helping others? (I’ll do it later. Lazy! Selfishness. Holds a grudge against them. Just mean.)

Verses instruct believers to act responsibly in their giving, honoring God with what they have! A good neighbor is a person who helps anyone who has a need he can meet.

3.      How are we supposed to treat strangers? (Luke 10 would tell us to treat them like neighbors!)

4.      Are you paying your “debts” to others out of the gifts, time, resources, and talents God has equipped you with?

The Scripture tells us that “neighbor” isn’t limited to people who are like us and live near us!


Blessing Secured! Read Proverbs


1.      Why might people be tempted to envy a violent man or choose his ways? (Sometimes it seems the wicked and violent prosper with wealth.)

2.      What are some ways people or groups may be benefiting from violence and wickedness without taking part in violence directly? (The news if full of such cases every day. The offenders is honored rather than identified as the villains they are.)

3.      What reasons did Solomon give for avoiding the temptation to envy them? (Solomon reminded us of the Lord’s attitude toward the wicked and toward the upright.)

4.      What words are used here to describe God’s attitude toward the wicked and proud? (They are detestable to the Lord; His curse is on their household; He mocks them; and He dishonors them!)

5.      What words are used to describe God’s attitude toward the righteous and humble? (He is a friend; He blesses the home of the righteous; He gives grace to the humble; and the wise inherit honor!)

6.      What can help us overcome this temptation? (Remember that God sees you. We don’t always experience immediate benefits, but we’re to keep eternity in mind.)

7.      How does taking on the role of judge get in the way of a believer demonstrating trust in God? (We somehow get the idea that we can handle the situation better than God. Then pride enters and humility is gone!)

Read Philippians


Summarize and Challenge!


We have talked about some of the real issues we are facing in our world today—fear, envy, love, grace, humility, etc. All of these issues can be trusted to God and He will give us peace!


In the parable of the “Good Samaritan” Jesus’ point is not, “Who qualifies to be loved.” Rather, it is, “Who qualifies as a loving person?” It is not defining our neighbor that makes us loving; it is loving whoever needs our help that qualifies us as a loving neighbor. Jesus expanded the boundaries of our neighborhood to the whole world by the telling of this story.—David Jeremiah

1.      What changes do you need to make in your life to be a better “Neighbor?”

2.      What action could you take this week to help a neighbor in need?

Thank God for giving believers confidence (faith) to trust Him daily. Pray that each of us will look for ways to demonstrate our love for God by helping others.

May we be more diligent in investing in our relationships with God and demonstrating kindness to others!

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Proverbs –35

21 My son,e do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,f

preserve sound judgment and discretion;

22 they will be life for you,g

an ornament to grace your neck.h

23 Then you will go on your way in safety,i

and your foot will not stumble.j

24 When you lie down,k you will not be afraid;l

when you lie down, your sleepm will be sweet.

25 Have no fear of sudden disaster

or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,

26 for the Lord will be at your siden

and will keep your footo from being snared.p

27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,

when it is in your power to act.

28 Do not say to your neighbor,

“Come back tomorrow and I’ll give it to you”—

when you already have it with you.q

29 Do not plot harm against your neighbor,

who lives trustfully near you.r

30 Do not accuse anyone for no reason—

when they have done you no harm.

31 Do not envys the violent

or choose any of their ways.

32 For the Lord detests the perverset

but takes the upright into his confidence.u

33 The Lord’s cursev is on the house of the wicked,w

but he blesses the home of the righteous.x

34 He mocksy proud mockersz

but shows favor to the humblea and oppressed.

35 The wise inherit honor,

but fools get only shame.

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Growing with God: A daily devotional with Tonia Slimm.

Proverbs (NIV)
My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight, preserve sound judgment and discretion; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck. Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble.

Proverbs (MSG)
Dear friend, guard Clear Thinking and Common Sense with your life; don’t for a minute lose sight of them. They’ll keep your soul alive and well, they’ll keep you fit and attractive. You’ll travel safely, you’ll neither tire nor trip.
&#;My son, let them not escape from your sight, but keep sound wisdom and discretion, and they will be life to your soul (your inner self) and a gracious adornment to your neck (your outer self). Then you will walk on your way [of life] securely and your foot will not stumble.&#; -AMPLIFIED

&#;No mind, no wisdom&#;temporary mind, temporary wisdom&#;eternal mind, eternal wisdom.&#; ~Adoniram Judson

Here we find Solomon encouraging his young students to never let wisdom and understanding, otherwise known as discernment, slip away from them. In fact, Solomon is adamant that his scholars never lose sight of these two attributes, which he contends are life-savers.

Solomon maintains that wisdom and understanding will save your life and your very soul. They are that important. He advocates that his students wear them closely, around their neck as an adornment; much like one would wear a necklace. This implies the need to keep wisdom and knowledge ready for action at any moment. (Reminds me of the need to keep on the Armor of God; ready for battle at any moment against the Enemy of our souls.)

Solomon promises that if his students keep wisdom and understanding close that they will be safe and able to face any challenge that comes their way. The journey that they are traveling through this life will be safe as they walk with Wisdom and Understanding; and they will need not fear of wandering from the path with their constant companions leading and guiding.

&#;With them on guard you can sleep without fear; you need not be afraid of disaster or the plots of wicked men, for the Lord is with you; he protects you.&#; -(TLB)

Solomon then gives his pupils fair warning:

&#;Never walk away from someone who deserves help; your hand is God’s hand for that person. Don’t tell your neighbor “Maybe some other time” or “Try me tomorrow” when the money’s right there in your pocket. Don’t figure ways of taking advantage of your neighbor when he’s sitting there trusting and unsuspecting.&#; -(MSG)

You may wonder why this bit of instruction would be included here. I think it has much to do with turning a blind eye to the need of others and in time hardening our hearts to them as well. This will in turn negate what Lady Wisdom is teaching us. Remember what Jesus taught:

&#;Treat others as you want them to treat you.&#; -Luke (TLB)

In fact, Jesus taught His followers to go the extra mile. He taught His listeners this:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth [punishment that fits the offense].’ But I say to you, do not resist an evil person [who insults you or violates your rights]; but whoever slaps you on the right cheek, turn the other toward him also [simply ignore insignificant insults or trivial losses and do not bother to retaliate—maintain your dignity, your self-respect, your poise]. If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, let him have your coat also [for the Lord repays the offender]. And whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.&#; -Matthew (AMP)

Solomon closes out this lesson with an admonition:

&#;The curse of the Lord is on the house of the wicked, but He blesses the home of the just and righteous. Though He scoffs at the scoffers and scorns the scorners, yet He gives His grace [His undeserved favor] to the humble [those who give up self-importance]. The wise will inherit honor and glory, but dishonor and shame is conferred on fools.&#; -(AMP)

This last bit of the passage is a comparison between what happens to those who choose to follow wisdom and understanding, and those who choose not to follow them. We find here a blessing and a curse. Which would you desire? If you choose to do things the way that Lady Wisdom would direct you to do, God&#;s way, there is a blessing. If you choose to do things your own way, ignoring Lady Wisdom&#;s directives, then expect a curse, dishonor, and shame. The choice is up to you.

My Prayer:
Lord, help me to keep Wisdom and Understanding as my constant companions. You have encouraged me to follow Wisdom&#;s ways so that I will have a safe journey through this life. Help me to choose to obediently follow Wisdom&#;s ways; so that I will not stray from the path that you have set me upon. Let me be a friend to those in need; giving freely and expecting nothing in return. I choose to do things Wisdom&#;s way, Lord. Please allow your blessings to fall on me and through me to others. Thank you.

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Proverbs 21:30 - The Wisdom of God's Supremacy


21 My son, 1do not lose sight of these-- keep sound wisdom and discretion,

22 and they will be 2life for your soul and 3adornment for your neck.

234Then you will walk on your way securely, 5and your foot will not stumble.

246If you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, 7your sleep will be sweet.

258Do not be afraid of sudden terror or of 9the ruin of the wicked, when it comes,

26 for the LORD will be your confidence and will 10keep your foot from being caught.

2711Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.

2812Do not say to your neighbor, "Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it"--when you have it with you.

2913Do not plan evil against your neighbor, who 14dwells trustingly beside you.

3015Do not contend with a man for no reason, when he has done you no harm.

3116Do not envy 17a man of violence and do not choose any of his ways,

32 for 18the devious person is an abomination to the LORD, but the upright are 19in his confidence.

3320The LORD's curse is on the house of the wicked, but he 21blesses the dwelling of the righteous.

34 Toward the 22scorners he 23is scornful, 24but to the humble he gives favor.

35 The wise will inherit honor, but fools get disgrace.


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